Author of 30 goals and 17 assists in 33 appearances in all competitions this season with PSG, Kylian Mbappé panics the statistics.
Used in the right lane at the start of the season, the Paris Saint-Germain striker played more in an axial position during the last three months of the season, before the competition was interrupted.
Within Thomas Tuchel’s 4-4-2, he has long formed a diabolical doublet of complementarity and efficiency with Mauro Icardi. Since this period, we can officially consider that Kylian Mbappé is an axial center forward, and no longer just a winger.
In its columns, the newspaper AS had fun establishing the ranking of the ten best axial attackers on the planet according to the “Wallabies” algorithm, based on the individual performance of the player and the level of the latter’s team, as objectively as possible.
Now considered a real number nine, Kylian Mbappé is part of the top 10. Better yet… he is in first place in this ranking ahead of Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin). Unsurprisingly, Kylian Mbappé is the only Ligue 1 player to appear in the ranking.
No doubt this classification will still be much debated, when we know that many consultants and observers still do not consider Kylian Mbappé as an axial center forward, the native of Paris having never shone alone in the lead in a 4 -3-3 for example.
The top 10 according to the “Wallabies” algorithm
1: Kylian Mbappé – Paris Saint-Germain
2: Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
3: Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus Turin
4: Timo Werner – RB Leipzig
5: Ciro Immobile – Lazio Rome
6: Luis Suarez – FC Barcelona
7: Josip Ilicic – Atalanta Bergamo
8: Duvan Zapata: Atalanta Bergamo
9: Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
10: Sergio Agüero – Manchester City